Pygame

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Pygame
Pygame logo.gif
Original author(s)Lenard Lindstrom, René Dudfield, Pete Shinners, Nicholas Dudfield, Thomas Kluyver, others [2].
Developer(s)pygame Community
Initial release28 October 2000; 18 years ago (2000-10-28)[1][2]
Stable release
1.9.6 / April 25, 2019; 55 days ago (2019-04-25)[3]
Preview release
2.0.0.dev1 [3]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inPython, C, Cython, and Assembly[4][5]
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeAPI
LicenseGNU Lesser General Public License
Websitehttps://www.pygame.org

Pygame is a cross-platform set of Python modules designed for writing video games. It includes computer graphics and sound libraries designed to be used with the Python programming language.

History[edit]

Pygame was originally written by Pete Shinners to replace PySDL after its development stalled.[1][6] It has been a community project since 2000[7] and is released under the open source free software GNU Lesser General Public License.[8]

Architecture and features[edit]

Pygame uses the Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL) library[a], with the intention of allowing real-time computer game development without the low-level mechanics of the C programming language and its derivatives. This is based on the assumption that the most expensive functions inside games can be abstracted from the game logic, making it possible to use a high-level programming language, such as Python, to structure the game.[9]

Other features that SDL doesn't have include vector math, collision detection, 2d sprite scene graph management, MIDI support, camera, pixel-array manipulation, transformations, filtering, advanced freetype font support, and drawing.[10]

Applications using pygame can run on Android phones and tablets with the use of Pygame Subset for Android (pgs4a).[11] Sound, vibration, keyboard, and accelerometer are supported on Android.[12]

Community[edit]

There is a regular competition, called PyWeek, to write games using Python (and usually but not necessarily, Pygame).[13][14][15] The community has created many tutorials for Pygame.[16][17][18][19][20][21]

Notable games using Pygame[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ pygame 2 and later versions are based on SDL2, while earlier releases were based on SDL1.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Shinners, Pete. "Python Pygame Introduction - History". Pygame.org.
  2. ^ "Downloads - Pygame - Python game development". Pypi.python.org.
  3. ^ "pygame 1.9.6 released with a few regression bug fixes". Github.org.
  4. ^ "About Pygame". Github.com.
  5. ^ "GettingStarted". Pygame.org.
  6. ^ "pySDL sourceforge page". Sourceforge.net.
  7. ^ "commit by other authors". Github.com.
  8. ^ "About - pygame wiki". Pygame.org. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  9. ^ "About - pygame wiki". Pygame.org. Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  10. ^ "Pygame docs". Pygame.org.
  11. ^ "Example of using RAPT to package Pygame(_sdl2) games.: renpytom/rapt-pygame-example". GitHub. 1 April 2019. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-10-19. Retrieved 2014-10-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "PyWeek - Python Game Programming Challenge". Pyweek.org.
  14. ^ [1][dead link]
  15. ^ "PyWeek - Python Wiki". Wiki.python.org. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  16. ^ "pygame documentation: Tutorials". Pygame.org.
  17. ^ Shinners, Pete. "Line by line tutorial — Tutorial for beginners". Archived from the original on 2005-02-05.
  18. ^ "Creating Games with Python - A tutorial explaining how to use Pygame for game development and improved execution". Linuxjournal.com.
  19. ^ "PyGame Tutorials - tutorials with OOP approach". Pygametutorials.wikidot.com.
  20. ^ "pyGame Basics". ShowMeDo.com. Archived from the original on 2007-04-29.
  21. ^ "Arinoid tutorials video tutorials at ShowMeDo". Archived from the original on 2007-04-29.
  22. ^ "Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble!". Pygame.org. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  23. ^ "Save the Date". Paperdino.com. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
  24. ^ "pygame 1.9.5 released into the wilds". Pygame.org.

Further reading[edit]

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